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Buying a German Shepherd - Read Before You Buy

Updated on September 13, 2012


If you are thinking of buying a German Shepherd, there are a lot of things to think about when doing so. I have been living with German Shepherds for over 13 years now, as my parents and grandparents used to breed them. I currently have 4; a white one and three black and tan. All of them are amazingly intelligent, well behaved and extremely loving dogs that are ideal for any active family home. In this article I’m going to go through what you need to know about the breed before you purchase one.

What you need to know

Size and Weight

The first thing that you need to think about when buying a German Shepherd is the size of the breed. The average size for a male is 60-65 centimetres (24-26 inches) whilst females are 53-60 centimetres (21-24 inches). On average, the weight of a male is 30-40 kilograms (66-88lb) and a female is 22-32 kilograms (49-71lb). Compared to most dogs this breed is a much larger size and in turn will need a lot of daily exercise; especially when they are young. Speaking from experience I can say that German shepherds at a young age are so energetic that they need a huge amount of time for exercising; otherwise you will have the problem of them suffering from boredom and end up causing destruction, such as chewing things or being overly hyper.


German shepherds are one of the most intelligent dogs and according to some experts they are the third most intelligent breed. They are fun loving pets, easily trainable, loyal and faithful throughout their life. I can confirm that all of the outlined qualities are true. When I get home from work every day all four of my dogs are bursting with excitement in anticipation of me opening the gate (the same with any family member) because (like I mentioned earlier) they are very loyal and loving pets. One of my dogs called ‘Sheba’ is the most excitable and hyper pet you will ever see and she certainly needs plenty of exercise. A picture of Sheba in a rare calm state can be seen below.

Home and Family Relations

If you are worried about purchasing a German shepherd because you have young children or a baby, then don’t be. German shepherds are very tolerant by nature and due to this they are excellent pets to have around children. This makes them excellent family pets and if they come to the family as a pup then they will settle very quickly around the children. When our German Shepherds were young my nephew and nieces were always playing with them without a problem; coming in to contact with children is second nature to them now and they are no worry whatsoever.


Training is one of the most important things with a brand new German Shepherd pup; it’s vital to start training as soon as possible in their early life. Without this training German shepherds can be really difficult to control and when older can become a big problem. It can be time consuming and takes a lot of patience; as I remember back in the day when we first got our first German shepherd. My mum would take her out for a walk and do some basic training to start off with, like sit and stay. She’d also tell them off when they misbehaved so that they would understand that what they were doing was wrong. Doing this can be a lot of hard work, but it’s definitely worth the effort that you put into it. The basics of training should only take you roughly a month, maybe more. The quickness of the results is dependent on how much time and effort you put in. However, believe me that it will be time well spent.

Health and Future concerns

Generally speaking, German Shepherds are very healthy dogs and have an average life span of 9.7 years. However, this is just an average and my oldest is 13 years old. She is still really healthy and goes out on walks regularly every couple of days a week (only a couple because she is 13). The others, such as our hyper ‘Sheba’, get more exercise.

The main health concerns for German Shepherds include hip dysplasia, bloat and aortic stenosis. I’m lucky enough for my dogs not to have experienced any of these.


For anyone who wants an animal friend and companion, I would 100% recommend purchasing a German Shepherd. Having 4 of them, I have experienced what they are like, and if I’m honest I wouldn’t ever choose any other breed. Take a look at the picture below of our German Shepherds. They were brought up and trained by my mum, who loves German Shepherds and was a German Shepherd breeder.

Thanks for Reading

Thanks for reading and I hope I have helped you make your decision in buying a German Shepherd as your animal friend.

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I'm a Online Marketing and Web Content Writer here at Animal Friends Insurance and will be keeping you up to date with all the interesting animal related information from the animal world as well as informative articles.

I'm 21 years old, and live with 4 German Shepherds!

Sheba (Our Youngest GSD)

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      Awesome Hub, your dogs are beautiful and they look healthy and happy. German shepherds are one of my favorite breeds. Thanks for sharing, voted up, awesome, interesting.


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